Shaping San Francisco hosts Public Talks on a variety of topics on Wednesday nights, about 18 times a year. Our topic themes vary, but we've grouped them over time into these categories: Art & Politics, Ecology, Historical Perspectives, Literary, and Social Movements. These Public Talks have been archived in audio and more recently in video in the Shaping San Francisco collection at the Internet Archive, and embedded in archival pages at We are now moving them to the archive at, a process that will take some months (this note will disappear when the process is complete).

Unlinked Talks mean there is no audio or video available.


September 25, 2019: Neighborhood Corridors: Memory and Ecology

May 22, 2019: Local Ecological Justice and Urbanity

March 27, 2019: Sea Level Rise: Pacific Ocean and the Bay Area

March 28, 2018: Saving the Bay from the "Future"

March 7, 2018: Resilient by Design: The Language of Water

February 7, 2018: Building a Deep Map--Beyond Buildings and Views

September 27, 2017: Other Food Systems Are Possible

May 10, 2017: From the Delta to the Bayshore: Adaptation Infrastructure and Rising Seas

February 8, 2017: Citizen Science/Extinction Culture

November 30, 2016: Unseen City

May 11, 2016: What’s Going Right with the Global Environment!

April 27, 2016: Oil, Soil, and (Climate) Turmoil

April 13, 2016: Synthetic Biology: DIY Tinkering Meets Big Capital

December 2, 2015: Tending the Urban Wild

May 13, 2015: Plumbing California: Past, Present, and Future

May 6, 2015: Rewilding and the Anthropocene

April 22, 2015: Telling Stories with Bricks

February 4, 2015: San Francisco’s Wild Menu: Flora, Fauna, Feast

November 5, 2014: Trees and History

September 10, 2014: The Evolving Eastern Shoreline

May 14, 2014: Political Economy of Bees

May 7, 2014: Dogs, Density, and Natural Areas

April 9, 2014: Urban Farming and Urban Nature: Are We Competing or Cooperating?

March 12, 2014: Saltworks and Shorelines: a Visual and Social History of the San Francisco Bay

February 26, 2014: Design Radicals: Berkeley 1960s and Today

February 5, 2014: Becoming a Biodiversity City

October 30, 2013: Liberation Biology

May 22, 2013: Talking About Ecology and Science in Public

March 27, 2013: Designing Resilient Landscapes: What history teaches us about San Francisco and the Bay-Delta Estuary

January 16, 2013: The Tigers of Market Street: Butterfly Habitat along a Busy Urban Corridor

December 5, 2012: Planning 4th Street: Remaking a San Francisco Corridor

August 28, 2012: The Next Step in Sustainability

May 23, 2012: What Are Our Streets For?

November 9, 2011: In Search of San Francisco's Eradicated Landscapes

October 26, 2011: Urban Homesteading

September 28, 2011: Did Laguna Dolores Exist?

September 14, 2011: Endangered Species Campaigning

June 8, 2011: Ecology and Food of the 1970s: Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78

March 30, 2011: Reciprocal Bio-Regional Culture from the Bay Area to the Sierras

February 23, 2011: Underground Food Politics

February 16, 2011: Vanished Waters: A History of San Francisco's Mission Bay

January 26, 2011: Environmental History of Golden Gate Park

November 17, 2010: Watersheds from California to Mexico

November 10, 2010: Eco-Politics, a Strategic Roundtable

May 26, 2010: Twin Peaks Bioregional Park: A Conservation Strategy for the Heart of San Francisco

May 12, 2010: Circle the Food Wagons!—Local Food Economies

February 24, 2010: San Francisco Golf Courses, Parks, Natural Areas

January 27, 2010: Urban Forest

October 28, 2009: Climate Change/Climate Justice

September 30, 2009: Ecology and Redevelopment in Bayview/Hunter's Point

May 13, 2009: Can Capitalism really “Go Green?”

April 29, 2009: Permacultural Transformation for the Urban Dweller

March 25, 2009: Toxic San Francisco

February 25, 2009: Bees in the City

January 28, 2009: Lake Merced Natural Area's Future

November 19, 2008: Green Streets: Redesigning San Francisco One Block at a Time

October 29, 2008: Candlestick Point: State Park for the People

February 27, 2008: San Francisco's Imperiled and Surviving Birds

January 30, 2008: Endangered Species Big Year

November 28, 2007: Food Security & Urban Agriculture

October 24, 2007: New Politics for Green Cities

September 26, 2007: San Francisco Water Sources

May 30, 2007: San Francisco Ecology: Butterflies in the City

May 2, 2007: Immigration, Work, and Agriculture: From Enclosures to Fast-Food

April 25, 2007: The National Park Where We Live

February 28, 2007: Laying a Foundation for a Green City (3 podcasts)

January 31, 2007: Grassroots Activism to Save San Bruno Mountain

November 29, 2006: Native Habitat Restoration: Frogs in San Francisco

October 25, 2006: Recycling Activism: Trash and Toxics

September 27, 2006: Activism in and for the San Francisco Bay Ecosystem

May 31, 2006 : Can San Francisco Feed Itself? (3 podcasts)

May 10, 2006: San Francisco's Food Revolt

April 26, 2006: Reclaiming Bay Area Military Bases (2 podcasts)

March 29, 2006: Natural Disasters and Community Response (4 podcasts)

February 22, 2006: Nature in the Urban Environment

January 25, 2006: Natural Areas of San Francisco: a Pre-Urban View